19 Charlotte spots to try if you want healthy options

19 Charlotte spots to try if you want healthy options
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This content was created in partnership with OrthoCarolina.


Need some healthy food inspiration? We rounded up some of our favorite Charlotte spots with healthy (and tasty) menu items to try.

Eating healthy is likely more important than ever. The health-conscious pros at OrthoCarolina say that eating a nutrient rich diet can help boost your immune system – something we could all use right now.

They recommend eating multiple servings of colorful fruits and vegetables, avoid simple sugars, and eating lean animal (or plant-based) proteins. Get all their immunity-strengthening tips here.

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Note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and North Carolina’s phased reopening, restaurant hours and availability may change. Check with individual restaurants for the most up-to-date information. Remember your mask.


Restaurants

Living Kitchen

Gorgeous plant-based spot with an emphasis on organic, raw dishes, plus juices and smoothies

Go-to order: The “Lunasagna” – a vegan lasagna served chilled
Price range: Dishes range from $8-$13, smoothies and juices are $9
Location: Atherton in South End
Current status: Offering dine-in, and takeout with online ordering
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Living Bagel at Living Kitchen

Oh My Soul

South African-based vegan restaurant with reimagined comfort food, wine, and cocktails 

Go-to order: Grilled Barbeque vibs, served by the half or full rack (yes, they’re called vibs)
Price range: $9-$22
Location: NoDa, across from the Johnston YMCA
Current status: Offering dine-in and takeout
oh my soul

Yafo Kitchen

Local chain serving Mediterranean dishes with Middle Eastern flavor

Go-to order: Shawarma chicken grain bowl with a side of hummus
Price range: $9-$13
Location: SouthPark, Plaza Midwood, and Dilworth
Current status: Offering dine-in, curbside takeout, and delivery
YAFO Kitchen

Harissa salmon bowl at YAFO Kitchen. Related Agenda guide: Yafo, Viva Chicken, and Sabor 101

Fern, Flavors from the Garden

Vegetarian restaurant with organic, vegan, and gluten-free options, too

Go-to order: Seitan chicken wrap (house-made vegan chicken, coconut bacon, ranch, lettuce, tomato)
Price range: Entrees are $10-$16
Location: Dilworth, on East Boulevard
Current status: Open Wednesday-Monday for dine-in and contactless takeout and delivery
Fern

The lolla rossa salad at Fern. Related Agenda guide: 9 vegan dishes even a meat-eater would love

Kid Cashew

Mediterranean-focused menu with small plates, cocktails, and a dedicated vegan menu

Go-to order: Quinoa-stuffed avocado
Price range: Small plates start at $6, entrees start at $10
Location: Dilworth, on East Boulevard
Current status: Offering dine-in, takeout, and delivery

Small plates at Kid Cashew

ROOTS Cafe

All-day spot with breakfast, brunch, and lunch items made with locally-sourced ingredients

Go-to order: Roasted Roots bowl with sweet potatoes, braised black beans, and creamy verde sauce
Price range:  $7.50-$13.50
Location: South End, just off South Blvd near Lowe’s
Current status: Offering dine-in, delivery, and takeout

Roasted Roots Bowl at ROOTS Cafe

Greco Fresh Grill

Local fast-casual Greek chain 

Go-to order: Falafel pita with lettuce, tomato, red onion, and tzatziki
Price range: Entrees are $6-$13
Locations: Steele Creek, Blakeney, Matthews, Wesley Chapel, and Colony Place
Current status: Offering dine-in and takeout

Salmon pita at Greco Fresh Grille

Eight + Sand Kitchen

Salads, vegan options, and a full-service coffee menu in a beautiful space 

Go-to order: Vegan Banh Mi with housemade seitan
Price range: Dishes are $6-$13
Location: South End (on the ground floor of the new Bradham apartments right on the light rail)
Current status: Offering dine-in, delivery, and takeout

Vegan banh mi at Eight + Sand. Agenda related guide: The 25 best new restaurants in Charlotte, right now.

Undercurrent Coffee

Coffee shop with carefully-sourced ingredients and sustainable practices 

Go-to order: Avocado toast with dukkah (spiced seeds and nuts) and micro amaranth
Price range: Food ranges from $5-$13
Locations: Plaza Midwood and Optimist Hall
Current status: Open every day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for curbside pickup (online ordering through Cloosiv)
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Avocado Toast at Undercurrent Coffee 


Grab-and-Go

Green Brothers Juice Co.

Local chain with smoothies, juices, Açaí bowls, and GF & VG baked goods

Go-to order: Sir Purr smoothie (banana, cinnamon, cacao powder, blue manic, and almond milk)
Price range: $5.75-$10.50
Locations: Dilworth (near the Food Lion) and Uptown (inside the Energy Cafe at the bottom of the Omni Hotel Escalators)
Current status: Offering takeout and delivery
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Smoothies from Green Brothers Juice

Viva Raw

Juice bar with grab-and-go drinks and raw snacks

Go-to order: Green Harvest Juice
Price range: Juices start at $8
Location: Uptown (inside 7th Street Public Market)
Current status: Offering curbside pickup and delivery, plus they have a tuk tuk that drives around town

Rico’s Açaí

Açaí bowl spot owned by two Puerto Rican natives 

Go-to order: Rainbow bowl topped with banana, granola, strawberries, pineapple, kiwi, blueberries and raspberries
Price range: $8-$15
Locations: Plaza Midwood, Uptown (Bank of America Tower and 7th Street Public Market), Ballantyne (Rea Road), and South Park
Current status: Open and offering online ordering through their app

Clean Juice

Organic juice, smoothie, and Açaí bowl chain started in Charlotte 

Go-to order: The berry bowl — an Açaí bowl topped with granola, strawberries, banana, and goji berries
Price range: Cold-pressed juices start at $6.04
Locations: Uptown, South End, and Myers Park
Current status: Offering takeout and delivery, with curbside available at some locations

Pitaya bowl at Clean Juice

CLT Nutrition

Smoothie bar concept where you get a two-part combo meal replacement shake and a flavored tea 

Go-to order: Birthday cake remix shake (tastes just like cake batter)
Price range: $9+ for a tea and shake combo
Location: South End near Scaleybark station
Current status: Open for takeout

Red Velvet Oreo shake at CLT Nutrition

Berrybrook Farm

Natural food store with a juice bar and cafe 

Go-to order: Vegetarian Chick-N Sandwich
Price range: Lunch items are $5-$8
Location: Dilworth (at the corner of East Boulevard and Kenilworth Avenue)
Current status: Offering curbside pickup and in-store shopping (masks required)

Chick-N sandwich and Purple Passion smoothie from Berrybrook Farm

Village Juice Co.

Juice bar originally from Winston-Salem serving smoothies, grain bowls, and salads

Go-to order: The Green Coco smoothie (housemade coconut milk, mango, cucumber, spinach, kale, banana, mint)
Price range: $6.95-$13
Location: Optimist Hall
Current status: Offering dine-in and online ordering

Green Coco smoothie from Village Juice Co. Related Agenda guide: Everything you need to know about Optimist Hall and its reopening plan.


Meal plan/delivery services

Get Fit Foods

Healthy to-go meals with options for breakfast lunch and dinner

Price range: Meal plans start at $50
Locations: Park Road, Ballantyne, Plaza Midwood, South End (between Blaze and Bulgogi Box)
Current status: Open regular business hours with curbside pickup

Cali Tacos at Get Fit Foods. Agenda related guide: Complete list and breakdown of all 13 Charlotte-based meal prep services.

Chop & Chisel

Meal service offering delivery and pickup with options to order by the item, pack, pound, and box 

Price range: Items start at $5.50
Locations: Uptown, and Edison Square Concord
Current status: Offering meal delivery and donation opportunities. Edison Square is open Sundays and Mondays.

Don’t Kale My Vibe salad from Chop & Chisel

Nourish

Meal delivery service with vegan and organic dishes 

Price range: Meal plans start at $53
Location: Delivery-based
Current status: Order by noon on Thursdays to have food delivered the following Monday and Tuesday

For more healthy tips, check out OrthoCarolina’s blog.

This content was created in partnership with OrthoCarolina.

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